Perfecting the Supply Chain Balancing Act

Achieving the perfect balance of supply and demand is every supply chain professional's dream. Unfortunately this is a dream that rarely comes to fruition — at least within the current command and control reactive supply chain paradigm. Let's face it, supply chain decisions driven by long-term forecasts are inherently flawed. But there is hope. Demand-sensing…

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Are Chinese Workers Really Defenseless?

The average Chinese worker today pays little attention to Mao's Little Red Book. Workers have other things on their minds, like getting a better job and a higher salary to buy all of the things their Western counterparts can more easily afford. Increasingly, they are getting better at achieving these dreams. By mobilizing within China's…

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Design to Sell

It may seem a simple task to determine when consumers really like the products built from the widgets your company builds or the services it offers. These days, companies design and post a Facebook or Google+ business page supported by promotions or campaigns and hope the pages start clicking with Likes. But even before considering…

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China, the Supply Chain & You

There's been a lot of debate on EBN and in the media in general about working conditions in the factories of China. It is not immediately apparent to most people why improving overseas standards has any downside for the rest of the globe. The electronics supply chain is a complex business where solutions continue to…

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New IPC/JEDEC Standard Covers Non-IC Components

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., and ARLINGTON, Va. — IPC and JEDEC have released the C revision of IPC/JEDEC J-STD-033, Handling, Packing, Shipping and Use of Moisture/Reflow and/or Process Sensitive Components. With an expanded scope, the document now covers the handling, packing and shipping of non-IC electronic components that have been classified per EIA/IPC/JEDEC J-STD-075, Classification of Non-IC…

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Cree Releases SPICE MOSFET Model

DURHAM, N.C. — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, has expanded its design-in support for the industry’s first commercially-available SiC MOSFET power devices with a fully-qualified SPICE model. Using the new SPICE model, circuit designers can easily evaluate the benefits Cree’s SiC Z-FET™ MOSFETs provide for achieving a…

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Micron CEO Appleton Dies

BOISE, Idaho — We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Appleton, Micron (Nasdaq:MU) Chairman and CEO, passed away this morning in a small plane accident in Boise. He was 51. Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time. Steve's passion and energy left an indelible…

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Rambus Buys Unity Semiconductor

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies, today announced it has acquired privately-held Unity Semiconductor, an innovative memory technology company for an aggregate of $35 million in cash. As part of this acquisition, the Unity team members have joined Rambus to continue developing innovations and solutions for next-generation…

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Kemet Issues 3Q12 Figures

GREENVILLE, S.C. — KEMET Corporation (“KEMET” or the “Company”) (NYSE: KEM) today reported preliminary results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011. Net sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 were $218.8 million which is a 17.3% decrease over the same quarter last fiscal year. Net sales for the nine months ended…

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